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Old 05-06-2020, 04:58 AM
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Default anyone using ExFAT drives for sessions?

Hi everyone! I'm about to build a dual boot Win10/Hackintosh (Mojave), and would like my session & sample drives to be readable and writable from both OSes, so I don't have to have duplicates of everything.

The question is how to format the drives. It seems like ExFAT is the most compatible filesystem with both systems. Though it is native to neither, they both have stable read-write support. (The only other filesystem that I know of that has stable read-write on both is FAT32, which I'd really prefer to avoid.)

Has anyone here tried running sessions / sample libraries from ExFAT drives in MacOS and/or Win10? Any thoughts, or other suggestions?

thanks in advance!
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Old 05-06-2020, 06:08 AM
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Default Re: anyone using ExFAT drives for sessions?

I've used ExFAT without any issues on session drives. I don't see any reason why there would be any issue with a sample drive. I am now using a dual boot Mac and am using Paragon Software's HFS+ on the Windows side and their NTFS product on the Mac side. This gives me access to the system drives from either environment. Currently I keep my sessions on the Mac system drive so accessing them via PS HFS+ app is no issue. They also have an APFS product for Windows.

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Old 05-06-2020, 06:13 AM
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I've used ExFAT without any issues on session drives. I don't see any reason why there would be any issue with a sample drive. I am now using a dual boot Mac and am using Paragon Software's HFS+ on the Windows side and their NTFS product on the Mac side. This gives me access to the system drives from either environment. Currently I keep my sessions on the Mac system drive so accessing them via PS HFS+ app is no issue. They also have an APFS product for Windows.

https://www.paragon-software.com/about/products-a-to-z/
Great, thanks! Yes I've seen the Paragon stuff (and now that you mention it, somewhere I think I even have a license for their NTFS on Mac system, which came with some cheap hard drive at some point). I just prefer to use things that are natively supported if possible. Anyway I'll try ExFAT, and if it doesn't work well I'll try your other suggestions.
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Old 05-06-2020, 06:31 AM
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I would only caution that I've had issue with sample players (Kontakt etc) loading from ExFAT. Not sure if the problems I had have been resolved recently or not. This was a while ago.
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Old 05-06-2020, 08:45 AM
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Just an opinion, but I think I would use HFS for all but the Windows drive and install MediaFour MacDrive so Windows can read the rest of the drives
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Just an opinion, but I think I would use HFS for all but the Windows drive and install MediaFour MacDrive so Windows can read the rest of the drives
+1. I use exFAT only for a drive used specifically for transferring MAC--->WIN or WIN--->MAC. For sessions: NTFS on WIN, HFS+ on MAC. Also, MacDrive works.
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Just an opinion, but I think I would use HFS for all but the Windows drive and install MediaFour MacDrive so Windows can read the rest of the drives

Hmm, thanks. Macdrive is significantly more expensive than paragon hfs+... are there advantages?


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